Racing version of electric supermini completes a lap of the Nurburgring in under 10 minutes
14 April 2010

A racing version of the Mini E electric car has lapped the Nurburgring in less than 10 minutes.

The Mini E Race is fitted with a special lightweight body and roll cage and is given race spec tyres, suspension and brakes, but it shares the same 150kW/201bhp electric motor as the road car, powered by 5088 lithium-ion battery cells.

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The car’s control electronics and software have been tuned for competition and its single-stage helical gearbox features a lengthened gear ratio.

The E Race completed the 13-mile circuit in a time of 9:51.45mins, hitting a top speed of 116mph along the way.

The car was piloted around the Nurburgring by former DTM racer Thomas Jager.

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